COLUMN: ‘You are what you do, not what you say.’

“You are what you do, not what you say.” ~ Myleik Teele

In searching for a topic this month, I decided to look for a notable day in October. Yes, I know Halloween is most thought of, but I wanted to take a different route.

latria-rgbBy LaTria Garnigan

I happened upon just about every kind of ‘day’ you could imagine, but Do Something Nice Day — which is apparently celebrated on Oct. 5 — struck a chord. Now this is a first, but alas I was intrigued. Let’s all be honest, each one of us could stand to benefit from a nice gesture these days. Whether it originates from a stranger or loved one, a kind word or deed can go far.

I will go on record as saying that I often avoid watching or reading the news, depending on my level of sensitivity that week. There has been incident after incident in the world — running the gamut of severity — that can and will envelop you and have you feeling down and hopeless.

But just when you think, “Gosh, what can happen next?” a bright spot emerges. It can be as small as someone buying your cup of coffee in the drive-thru line at your local coffee shop. Or finding a forgotten-about $20 bill in a coat pocket. Or receiving unexpected kudos at work.

No matter how big or small the gestures, they all yield the same result: a spark of hope. So imagine what would happen if we intentionally took that joy that we’ve all felt and decided to extend the feeling onto someone else. It could be life-changing and quite miraculous.

“Devote a slice of your energies toward making the world suck less every week.” ~ Shonda Rhimes

I’m not going to sit here and tell you how to “do something nice” or even what to do. But I like the idea of recognizing this day and seizing it as an opportunity — and personal challenge — to not focus on the ills of the world, but the bright spots.

As my auntie in my head Oprah Winfrey once said, “If you want to feel good, you have to go out and do some good.

I don’t know how much attention Do Something Nice Day has ever received, but wouldn’t it be nice if we gave it a try?

You are hereby challenged.

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